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Why this priest has spent 50 years fighting with the New York Times

Mar 1, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton’s resolve to rebut the New York Times on its editorial opinions regarding matters of faith and morals.

Where progressives and Evangelicals agree โ€“ clarify IRS rules on political speech

Feb 3, 2015 - 12:16 am .- An unlikely combination of political progressives and Evangelicals came together last week to demand more clarity in IRS regulations of political speech for churches and non-profits.

Scottish bishops encourage cooperation, involvement in wake of vote

Sep 19, 2014 - 01:27 pm .- Following a historic vote in which Scotland rejected independence from the U.K., the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland recognized the decision and applauded the country’s strong participation in public debate.  

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don't replace politicians

Sep 14, 2014 - 06:41 am .- In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of the necessity of contributing to political life, without replacing political institutions.  

Rubio: Economic health tied to morality, community

Jul 25, 2014 - 06:16 am .- A strong national economy requires strong families, supported by both government and the broader community, said Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in a recent policy speech.

Engage world with Catholic principles, author says

Jul 12, 2014 - 06:02 am .- Catholic involvement in civic life is necessary to defend human dignity and move society in a positive direction, says the author of a new book on Catholics principles in public life.

Bishops' spokesman urges more humane immigration policy

Mar 19, 2014 - 05:21 pm .- President Barack Obama’s recent action on immigration may indicate a move towards a better approach to immigration, a policy expert for the U.S. bishops’ conference says.

Speaker Boehner invites Pope Francis to address Congress

Mar 13, 2014 - 01:40 pm .- Speaker of the House John Boehner has extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress, praising the Pope’s advocacy for the vulnerable.

Belgium becomes first country to legalize child euthanasia

Feb 14, 2014 - 06:01 am .- In a law passed in Belgium’s parliament yesterday, the country has become the first to legalize the euthanasia of minors, drawing widespread opposition from its citizens, and from Church leaders.

Economy dominates 2014 State of the Union address

Jan 28, 2014 - 10:33 pm .- Economic inequality was a major focus of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 28 to members of Congress and to the nation.

Pope, Hollande discuss positive role of religion in society

Jan 27, 2014 - 04:56 am .- During Pope Francis’ meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, the two discussed an array of topics concerning human dignity, centering the meeting on the role of religion in society.

US budget plan compromise met with mixed reception

Dec 23, 2013 - 08:24 am .- A federal budget framework resulting from dialogue and compromise in Washington, D.C., drew both praise and caution from the head of the U.S. bishops’ committee on domestic justice and human development.

Pope calls faithful to pray, participate actively in politics

Sep 16, 2013 - 11:48 am .- Catholics should not be indifferent to politics, Pope Francis said, but should offer their suggestions, as well as prayers that their leaders may serve the common good in humility and love.

Economy, politics must serve man, Pope tells G8

Jun 17, 2013 - 08:05 am .- In a message to Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Pope Francis underscored that the “material and spiritual welfare” of every person must be the impetus behind political and economic efforts to remedy the economic crisis and help the poor.

New academic post aims to renew Africa's political culture

May 23, 2013 - 08:31 am .- Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of Benin and officials from the Pontifical Lateran University presented a new chair whose goal will be to study African politics and form new generations of leaders in the Church’s social doctrine.

Six-figure grant to Catholics United tried to recruit clergy

Apr 24, 2013 - 12:04 am .- The education fund of Catholics United, a Democrat-leaning group that has clashed with the bishops on several prominent issues, received a grant worth almost its entire 2011 budget to recruit Catholic clergy in key swing states to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

Politicians react to Pope's retirement with surprise, thanksgiving

Feb 11, 2013 - 05:19 pm .- Political leaders in the United States offered their prayers and respect upon learning of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire at the end of the month. 

Irish pro-lifers: abortion legislation will have election consequences

Dec 19, 2012 - 04:07 am .- Pro-life leaders in Ireland have warned that the Fine Gael-run government’s introduction of legislation to legalize abortion will have consequences for the party at the next election.

Pro-life leaders ask GOP to stand strong on abortion

Dec 3, 2012 - 04:20 pm .- Top pro-life advocates are calling on the Republican Party to maintain its pro-life stance despite calls from some to back off from the position in the wake of the presidential election.

Speaker will connect national debt, anti-family hostility

Oct 4, 2012 - 04:02 am .- A Denver-area Catholic commentator sees a connection between the national debt crisis and the “growing hostility to faith, family and freedom,” but he also sees hope for change if the country “turns away from the path of economic and social self-destruction.”

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